On Friday 25th October T and I went our first Baby Show in London. I've been looking forward to the event since I bought our tickets a few weeks back.
Saying that Mothercare were offering 10% off everything on the day and a lot of their buggies came with a free car seat which is amazing. And their display looked really good and drew in a big crowd.
T has a huge obsession with buggies, so I made sure we hit those stands first to keep him sweet. There was a huge selection of buggies including Baby Style, iCandy, Quinny, Stokke and Uppababy to test drive and I found myself having to drag him away on a few occasions.
What I loved about The Baby Show is it gives you choice of items you wouldn't be able to get on the high street. I also found it refreshing that a lot of the inventors and owners of the brands were selling their products directly to the customers.
I met Tom Pellereau aka @inventortom on Twitter, winner of The Apprentice 2011. Who was rather charming if I say so myself.
Fisher-Price offered a free Crèche, so you could drop off your little ones to have their own fun whilst you got down to shopping. Emma’s Diary was offered a free ‘Shop & Drop’ and ‘Collect by Car’ service, so you didn't have to carry your bags around with you all day.
|T got a bit restless so had to put him in his bouncer lol|
Companies I loved
Here are a few of my favourite companies on the day
Ubbi Diaper Pail - Stylist nappy bins which would fit into any home. I love the huge range of colours they have.
Stylfile - Nipper Clipper. Really clever design with a spy hole so you can see what you’re cutting, a app called Timmy Tickle whilst distracts your baby whilst you’re cutting their nails and the famous curved S file which smooths baby’s nails after cutting.
Baby Style - We fell in love with Oyster Max a while back and got to have a good play with it. After talking to the guys on the stand. I ended up buying a ex demonstration pram and carrycot which was only being used for 3 days of The Baby show for 30% off the retaill price! I must say I was rather impressed with myself. The Oyster Max comes in many different colours and has lots of other accessories.
- Take cash, i found a few companies were only taking cash. So had to walk around Olympia looking for a cash point, also note the cash point charges you £1.85 to take money out and has a maximum of £250 withdrawal
- Don’t impulse buy, walk around at least once before you make any big purchases. Think do I actually need it?, can you buy it cheaper online?.
What I would do next time
- Go early to avoid queues and get freebies as a lot of companies were offering free goodie bags for the first 50 - 100 people.
- Plan what brands you want to see before hand, you will get distracted with lots of bright, colourful stalls in front of you
- Eat beforehand and bring snacks with you.There were only an handful of places to eat and they were all rather expensive.
- Dress Appropriately, bring a big bag and dress in layers so you can remove clothing when it gets too hot.
We didn’t take advantage in any of the shows/classes as we were running out of time, however on our next visit we might as they did sound really interesting.
Overall I really enjoyed my time at the baby show and looking forward to the next one next year.
Did you go to The Baby Show? I’d love to hear your experiences!